Dr. Wanner grew up in northern New Jersey, where he began his emergency medicine career as an emergency medical technician and firefighter. He attended college at Rowan University and graduate school at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM), earning a Master of Science degree as a physician assistant in 2005. Dr. Wanner practiced as a physician assistant (PA) in emergency medicine for several years before returning to PCOM for medical school. He completed his emergency medicine residency at Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Dr. Wanner’s professional interests include medical education and disaster medicine. Since 2006 he has been actively involved in physician assistant education as an adjunct faculty member and visiting lecturer at two local PA schools. He has also been involved in disaster medicine and disaster preparedness since 2008. He currently serves in the National Disaster Medical System with the New Jersey Disaster Medical Assistance Team (DMAT NJ-1) and he volunteers with the Southeastern Pennsylvania Surge Medical Assistance Response Team (SMART/SMAT#3). Additionally, he serves as a member of the ACEP Disaster Preparedness & Response Committee.
Dr. Wanner’s research interests include developing novel educational methods in simulation, disaster medical education, and the integration of social media into medical education.
Outside of work, Dr. Wanner enjoys spending time outdoors with his wife—also an emergency physician—and their two daughters.